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    June 8, 2011
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good morning. fooel feeling the heat. two-thirds of the country dealing with the hottest temperatures of the year. records from new york to kansas city. while out west the race is on to save several towns threatened by the wildfire raging in arizona. will he step down? calls for anthony weiner's resignation intensify on capitol hill as startling new details emerge about his secret life online. and five fantastic years, she's delivered the news, brought us stories that touched us and made us laugh. sometimes at her.
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sometimes at ourselves. >> can i just share a funny story with you? >> no, sorry. >> what a ride it's been. join us for a fond farewell to meredith today, wednesday, june join us for a fond farewell to meredith today, wednesday, june 8, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television deep breath, count to ten. welcome to "today" on a bitter sweet wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith vieira. looks like i'm leaving, doesn't it? >> i lost a bet. i said you would call in sick today. >> oh, it's a hard one. >> mixed emotions? >> very. i'm looking at everybody right here and wishing i -- well, no, i know it's right. but it's hard. for sure this guy. >> we'll pay tribute to meredith throughout the morning.
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we have a number of surprises as well. you won't want to miss it. we have other news to cover as well. talk about the brutal heat. >> unbelievable. >> expected from the midwest to new england. al will have details coming up straight ahead. >> and stunning developments at the casey anthony murder trial. an expert for the prosecution raised doubt about what could be a vital piece of evidence. we'll have the latest from court. >> also, a segment we have fun with. the best commercials from the past year. >> but we are going to begin with the extreme heat gripping a section of the country. al roker has details. good morning to you. >> good morning, meredith. it's just brutal, the heat. look at the records. 97 in milwaukee. 103 in minneapolis. they haven't been this hot since 1988. sioux city, 99. 96 in st. louis. today we are looking at temperatures well over 90 degrees. washington, d.c. up to 98. 94 in albany.
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chicago, 95. factor in the heat and humidity and it will be over 100. thursday it moves east. philadelphia, 100 degrees. we've got excessive heat warnings from the carolinas to new england. 95 in boston. there is good news in sight. high pressure right now. this is what's really been firing this up. big upper level high. a deep trough out west where it's been cooler. as we move into the weekend, things get better. sunday a trough in the northeast. this high shrinks down and we'll see normal conditions for the weekend. matt? >> we'll get your forecast in a couple of minutes. now we move to arizona where firefighters are desperate to control the second largest wildfire in that state's history. george lewis is in springerville, arizona, with the latest on that. hi, george. good morning. >> good morning, matt. behind me is a huge sky crane
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elevator used to drop water on the fire. overnight on the ground, crews worked to create a barrier to protect eager, arizona. the southern half of eager now under an evacuation order. as the fire continued to spread driven by high winds, people in its path headed to safe ground. the south half of the town of eager, arizona, the latest place to come under an evacuation order. >> we've got to get out of here. >> reporter: the carillos are lifelong residents. >> real hard. >> we just built this house two years ago. >> reporter: they rounded up their children, dogs and cats and left. others were wrangling larger animals. david boyd, a rodeo clown uses these bulls in his performance. he and his wife were headed north to a friend's place. >> we've got friends in st. johns. we'll take the bulls there and try to stay safe. >> reporter: all the while praying that somehow their property will be spared.
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overhead the huge pall of smoke almost blotted out the sun. bad air advisories in neighboring new mexico and colorado. meanwhile, firefighters are busy setting backfires to protect home and businesses to protect homes in eager. norman was shutting down a ranch owned by the hopi tribe. at one time this was the property of the late actor john wayne. it's considered a local landmark. >> this is the john wayne room. this is where john wayne slept. >> reporter: now the firefighters are trying to protect john wayne's old place and the rest of the town as the fire continues to roar ever closer. the head of the u.s. forest service issued a warning for several difficult days of firefighting ahead, as the forecast calls for more high winds today in arizona. matt? >> george lewis, thank you very much. it's five after the hour. here's meredith. >> thank you. anthony weiner is feeling
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growing pressure to resign in the wake of his sexting scandal. this as fellow democrats distance themselves from the congressman. luke russert has been following the story. luke, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. after holding a press conference monday where he admitted he sent a lewd photograph over twit, congressman weiner could not catch a break. >> i have engaged in several inappropriate conversations. >> reporter: it's not getting easier for anthony weiner. republicans say he should step down. >> i don't condone his activity. i think he should resign. >> reporter: democrats aren't helping him either. >> i know congressman weiner. i wish there was some way i could defend him, but i can't. >> reporter: even fellow new yorker donald trump took a shot. >> anthony weiner is a bad guy. he's a psycho. >> my name is ginger lee. i'm 23 from nashville, tennessee. >> reporter: tmz reported weiner
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traded scores of e-mails with this former adult film star who spoke about her computer habits in this 2006 interview. >> i'm one of those people that i'm like, has anybody messaged me? somebody might have messaged me. half the time if they don't i'm like, crap, i'm a dork! >> reporter: according to tmz when the scandal broke weiner offered to coach lee on how to handle the media. >> she's complaining about how the media is bombarding her. cameras are showing up, calling her family members. she's upset and asking him. he says, look, do you need p.r. advice? he says, i can have someone from my team call you. >> reporter: when asked to comment weiner's office said this to nbc news. quote, he's fully cooperating with the house ethics inquiry. that's the appropriate place for questions to be addresseded. legal experts say he could be in trouble for violating house rules. >> if house resources were used
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in this sexual contact he could face concerns or problems under the code of conduct of the house which directs members to behave in a manner which shall reflect credibly on the house. >> reporter: in a poll conducted monday night after weiner revealed he had inappropriate contact over the phone and internet with six women shows 51% of new yorkers think he should keep his job while 30% believe he should resign. >> i don't see anything that really affects his job performance. >> does it offend you as a voter? >> a little bit. >> he does a good job. let him do his job. >> reporter: meredith, weiner's wife huma abedin left this morning with her boss secretary of state hillary clinton on a trip to the middle east and africa. as a point of personal privilege, god speed. i will miss you personally. >> luke, thank you so much.
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republican national committee chairman rance priebus is calling on weiner to resign. >> good morning. all of god's blessings moving forward. >> at least you didn't call on me to resign. thank you very much. so you were one of the first to call on the congressman to step down saying, we do not need an investigation to know he lied and acted inappropriately. we need a resignation. nancy pelosi asked the ethics committee to look into this. why not let them do their job and let the chips fall where they may? >> i think part of the job is nancy pelosi needs to be a leader of her kau sus and tell anthony weiner to hit the bricks and go home. i don't think we need to spend taxpayer dollars investigating whether or not weiner is a creep or not. nancy pelosi, debbie wasserman-schultz, ought to sit down and tell him he needs to
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leave. that's what the american people expect. >> my understanding is they can't force him to resign. he said he has not broken rules, has no intention of resigni ini it's up to his constituents to decide if he should leave. more than half of them, according to that poll, feel he should stay in office for now. shouldn't they decide his fate? >> i think the leaders of the democratic party, the caucus, ought to talk to anthony weiner and tell him he needs to go. here's the problem. an ethics committee investigation on whether this guy was right, wrong or sending pictures of his private parts around the world is not fitting of a united states congressman. i think leaders of the democratic party, nancy pelosi and debbie schultz should ask him to resign. it seems the only job these guys are willing to fight for is
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anthony weiner's job. why are they defending this guy? >> some of the democrats, it appears they have turned on him. >> turned on him by opening up a house ethics investigation? we know what happened. it's all over the internet. you reported on more information that came out last night. this is just -- here's what's going oh happen. this is going to be a slow drip, drip, drip type story and within a couple weeks, my guess is he's going to have to resign because it's going to be such a distraction to the folks here and especially even the leaders of the democratic party that he's going to have to resign. they should do the right thing, speak up and say, look, this guy should resign. he should leave. we have a lot of work to do. we've got record unemployment, an economy in the ditch. we've got a president and leaders of the democratic party that would rather whistle past the graveyard here. >> if you look at your own party
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fairly, republicans have been involved in sex scandals who have not gone quietly into that night. david vitter tied to a prostitution ring. he still serves to this day. senator john ensign waited years to resign after admitting an affair with a staffer and larry craig served out his term after soliciting an under cover police officer. they don't go quietly. why should weiner? >> two wrongs don't make a right. i'm the chairman of the republican national committee now, not years ago. i think nancy pelosi should go. it took chris lee about 30 seconds to resign a couple months ago. i think they ought to do the right thing and ask this fellow to leave office and put someone in that's more fitting to serve this country. >> congressman weiner has a sharp tongue. he has certainly criticized
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republicans, gone on the attack against republicans on the other side of the aisle in the past. is there any level of satisfaction among those in the party that he's finally getting his comeuppance? >> not from me. i don't operate that way. i'm not -- this has nothing to do with vindication or payback. this has to do with leadership in a democrat party that's silent on what i think is a very important leadership aspect from a leader like nancy pelosi who said she was going to drain the swamp. this was the promise she made to the american people. she's been silent on anthony weiner's resignation. i think it's outrageous. >> thanks for joining us this morning. >> thank you, meredith. >> here's matt. >> thanks, meredith. now the phrase "it's the economy, stupid" was phrased during bill clinton's administration. now it's the big theme for the 2012 race as well.
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chuck todd is nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent. good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. the white house will say they don't need a poll to tell them the sagging economy is taking a political poll on the president, but this latest slowdown combined with the start of the republican presidential race is a stark reminder of just how lethal the issue is for the president's re-election chances. president obama may have thought hosting the german chancellor for a state dinner would give him a break from the gloomy economic news. he had no such luck as he tried to calm nervous americans with upbeat talk. >> prior to this month we saw three months of robust job growth in the private sector. we were very encouraged by that. this month, you still saw job growth, but it slowed down. we don't know whether this is a one-month episode or a longer trend. >> reporter: this pessimistic
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one-month episode is reflected in a poll showing nearly two-thirds of political independents disapproving of the president's handling of the economy. and the 2012 candidates are teeing off as well. tim pawlenty had a speech in chicago. >> how are you enjoying the recovery summer? that's what the president said we were having, but that was last year. >> reporter: pawlenty, trying to woo conservatives in the primary wants to cut the corporate tax rate, increase american exports and freeze federal spending the balance the budget. president obama is getting friendly advice on how to talk about the economy, including from old president clinton aides who have been more critical. >> i never thought what they were saying about the economy reflected people's pain. >> reporter: even from his old advisers. >> he'll continue to make the case that we are putting in place policies that are moving the down country in the right
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direction. >> reporter: white house aides believe the economy itself is their -- mitt romney is shown leading the president. for romney it's a piece of good news he hopes can calm down conservatives like the club for growth, still skeptical of his credentials. >> it's up to the voters to decide if they want someone who will defend mistakes in the past or someone who says, i have learneded from those mistakes, let's move on. >> reporter: speaking of candidates we have made a deal about the fact that newt gingrich took nearly two weeks off the campaign trail to go on vacation after announcing. today he finally returns from vacation with an appearance in new hampshire, matt. >> chuck todd at the white house this morning. thank you very much. >> reporter: bye, meredith. >> bye, chuck. now a check on the top stories at the news desk. >> i will miss hearing you say
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that. good morning, once again. at least ten explosions rocked libya's capital city as nato presses on with air strikes. on tuesday the most intense barrage destroyed much of moammar gadhafi's compound. a defiant gadhafi gave a radio address vowing never to surrender. in brussels, nato ministers will lobby for more countries to participate in the operation. the e. coli outbreak in europe may be growing less severe. the number of new infections is quickly falling but it's too early to give an all-clear on the issue. a massive fire in rhode island destroyed what was once the largest rubber mill. the vacant 19th century plant near the massachusetts state line was on the national register of historic places. it was purchaseded last year by a company that planned to use it to generate green energy. now to wall street and courtney
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reagan. >> officials are meeting in vienna to discuss production to reign in the high prices. ben bernanke actually blames higher gas prices for the continued strain on consumers' wallets. meantime investors hope for a positive catalyst to turn around the five-day losing streak. wall street saw the gains going into the closing bell on bernanke's comments on the sluggish economy. ann? >> thank you very much. another stunning comeback for the dallas mavericks who tied a heat. dirk nowitski scored in the final minutes to lead to the victory and he was battling a 101-degree fever. nbc beat out espn and fox to
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carry the olympics. a lot of cheering around here about that. of it's 7:18. now back to matt, meredith and al. >> i can't wait to see you then. you can come back and join us. >> i love the olympics. >> we can do the three-man luge. >> no. i'll do the skeleton. >> darn. >> mr. roker? >> bad weather. >> the heat continues. we have to deal with wildfires in arizona.
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good morning. as you prepare to head off to work and school this morning, dress for a very hot day. on the way right now though it is pleasant, we are in the upper 60s to near 70 in the suburbs, rural areas, 70s mid-70s near washington. later today, soaring near 100 degrees in afternoon. feel like 100 to 105 with the humidity. we will have poor air quality as well, the humidity build builds in the after noon. that's your latest weather.
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matt? >> coming up, a critical piece of evidence called into question at the casey anthony murder trial by one of the prosecution's own expert witnesses. we'll have details on that. first, this is "today" on nbc. my contacts are so annoying. i can't wait to take 'em out.
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that's our girl doing her thing along the world famous rockettes. we are celebrating meredith's journey on "today" all morning long. our special farewell is ahead. >> first your local news and weather. run! >> congratulations, meredith vieira. i'm going to miss you. i composed a song for your triumphant farewell. ♪ well, it seems to me ♪ you lived your life ♪ like a candle in the wind that's all i've got. okay. i didn't write that. but i love ya. ciao, bella.
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or if, while on enbrel, you experience persistent fever, bruising, bleeding, or paleness. get back to the things that matter most. good job girls. ask your rheumatologist if enbrel is right for you. 7:26 is our time right now on this wednesday with, the 8th day of june. good morning, i'm joe krebbs. an early morning crash killed two people riding on a motorcycle. this happened on the ramp from inner loop to river road investigators shut it down for several hours but it is now become open. we will take a break now and come back and look at our weather and
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♪ do you remember ♪ do you remember 7:30 now on a wednesday morning, the 8th of june, 2011. you're looking at some of the fun moments we shared with meredith during her great five-year run here at "today." we will not let her forget a moment of it. inside studio 1a, i'm matt lauer alongside meredith. coming up, we're going to celebrate meredith's final morning with a look back at some of her most memorable moments. we have lined up a couple of surprises that we don't think will embarrass you. >> everything you showed is me looking like an idiot. >> no, no.
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it's you being yourself. >> exactly. that's the problem. >> being fun and enjoying yourself. by the way, the noise there isn't meredith shaking her collar. that's jasper this morning, meredith's dog making his final appearance on the "today" show as well. >> and my husband richard is here making a rare appearance as well. >> over in the studio. that's not richard. >> same eyebrows. >> nice to have them with us. meanwhile, coming up in this half hour did your favorite make the list? the darth vader kid, kevin bacon's take on kevin bacon? the commercials that were crowned best of the year. >> but we begin on a serious note with what could be a major set-back for prosecutors at the casey anthony murder trial. two experts gave conflicting testimony on a key piece of evidence. nbc's kerry sanders is in orlando with the latest. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. prosecutors say they will ask for the death penalty if casey anthony's convicted of murdering her daughter because they allege
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it was premeditateded. much of the case relies on showing that casey used chloroform on her daughter. but now that part of the case may be in jeopardy. prosecutors had one of the world's foremost experts on corpses and the odors they emit, bolstering their case. >> the point source of the odor was the trunk. >> reporter: dr. vass explained how he examined the trunk of casey's car and detected chloroform. >> because the chloroform was shockingly high, unusually high. >> reporter: on tuesday an fbi chemist turned that evidence inside out when he said the chloroform levels he found were not noteworthy at all. >> it's not what you would call shockingly high levels of chloroform? >> no. it's not. >> reporter: that contradiction is a critical conflict for prosecutors who are trying to build a case that casey anthony
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would use the chemical chloroform to knock out her 2-year-old daughter caylee while she partied. investigators say they have examined the computer taken from casey's home and it shows searches for how to make chloroform. if the levels were high in the trunk of the car, prosecutors suggest casey was using the chemical on her daughter, a premeditated murder. if the levels were not high, then defense can argue that the chloroform was from a far more innocent source. >> these levels, i guess residue levels of chloroform that were found and tested are equal to what you might find in a common cleaning product. is it not, sir? >> yes. from my experience those levels have been detected in substances used for cleaning products, yes. >> reporter: the prosecution relied heavily on the expert to say the levels of chloroform were high. but the fbi chemist said they are low.
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it will be very hard to get a jury to ignore the testimony of the fbi. >> reporter: also key to the prosecution's case, their claim that casey put caylee's lifeless body in the backyard. >> you went there with garris. >> reporter: that was the trained dog. the jury watched the canine finding dead bodies. in this case he hit on a scent in the backyard only once. >> i got an alert the first day and didn't get one the second day. >> reporter: for prosecutors, testimony that may have backfired. for the defense, not a huge victory, but a small step to suggest doubt. all they need to do to win the case is reasonable doubt. meredith? >> thank you, kerry. i will miss you, too. wendy murphy is a former federal prosecutor and child advocate. savannah guthrie is "today's" legal correspondent. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> savannah, the prosecution has
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been trying to build a case against casey anthony based on circumstantial evidence. based on what you saw in the courtroom tuesday, was the defense successful in punching holes in the case? >> yeah. the defense got a real opportunity because of an error by the prosecution on a key piece of evidence -- this air can that supposedly had air samples from the trunk of the car. prosecutors allege it will smell like death. that crucial piece of evidence was misidentified in court which made them call back their key witness the second day to clear up the mix-up. in some sense it's a clerical error but in a trial it was an opportunity for the defense. they were able to say, you know, you don't have any expertise in handling forensics, do you? it's another piece of reasonable doubt that kerry sanders mentioned. it's an opportunity the defense will make the most of. yesterday and i suspect in closing arguments. >> and you believe that casey anthony will be acquitted.
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>> i don't often say it, do i? i was hopeful that there was evidence in this case we hadn't heard about over the past several years, that some of the evidence has come out. i figured there was stuff we hadn't heard yet. i was so distracted during the opening statement. i listened and i didn't hear any evidence at all they have that casey anthony actually killed her child. there's plenty that she lied, plenty that she was a bad mother, plenty she probably buried the body, covered up the crime, but i didn't hear one thing that puts casey anthony at the murder scene or anywhere near her daughter at the time she died. in fact, there is some evidence that she didn't have her car or her child during the three-day period prosecutors say she died. who had the car? who had the child? that's a mystery in the case. >> it seems the prosecution has successfully painted casey anthony as a liar, for sure. that, combined with scientific
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evidence that's been questioned by the defense. is that enough to sway a jury? >> i would say especially in a death penalty case. this is tough for prosecutors. i think the jurors are thinking, casey anthony was up to something bad. she certainly wasn't the greatest parent. she wouldn't know the truth if it hit her in the face. will they be able to take the next leap? what they don't have now in the state of the evidence is a clear picture of how this child died. they know she lies, casey anthony. if she took the stand or anything she said, i don't think they would believe for one minute at this point. however, do they have enough to have a clear picture of how the crime unfolded? without that, will they be willing to convict her of first-degree murder under penalty of death? >> what's the most compelling piece of evidence the prosecution has? >> that's a good question. in terms of proving how the child dieded they have a piece of duct tape they claim indicates it was on her mouth prior to death. they don't have any indication who did it.
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i agree with savannah. as much as it pains me to say this, if the prosecution's opening is all the evidence they have, i would vote to acquit her. i think there is doubt all over the place. this is a tough case for the prosecution. >> they said, well, caylee drowned in the pool and her grandfather, casey anthony's dad, helped cover it up and in fact molested casey anthony as a kid. you said the confidence is setting up a cross finger defense? >> a dog and olympipony show. if people feel bad for her and there is a two villain story where if george is potentially the guy who was involved and casey was the woman involved and they agree to be each other's reasonable doubt, it's a wash. the jury looks at them both and says, i can't figure out who does what. i have doubt. >> i call it the spaghetti
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defense. throw everything at the wall to see what sticks. the defense has now provided a detailed narrative, rather than just poking a hole in the prosecutor's case. they have told a story and now the onus is on them to prove it in court. they don't have a legal burden but they have promised so much in the defense opening statement. >> very quickly, yes or no, she will take the stand casey anthony. >> i don't know how the defense puts her on. on the other hand, if they want to prove all the allegations they made in opening statements, they have to. >> yes or no? >> they will never. she would be destroyed. she will convict herself and that's why she'll never take the stand. >> thank you. >> thank you, meredith. >> good luck tomorrow. now a check of the weather from al. >> announcer: today's weather is brought to you by straight talk. cut your cell phone bill in half and feel richer. >> good morning. we have friends from laredo.
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good morning. here, the heat will be building rapidly this morning. right now though it is still pleasant, low 70s in washington near the bay, upper 60s elsewhere. and we will quickly climb to near 90 by noon, upper 90s by midafternoon. a record high is 98, we will have, in addition to that, air pollution building so, poor air quality, code orange today, high humidity in place, hazy, hot and humid again tomorrow, might get a you can check your weather any time of the day or night. weather channel on cable. weather.com online. this young lady's birthday is on meredith's last day. what's your name? >> lexi. >> she's very shy about the fact that this is your last day, meredith. >> very cute. happy 7th. >> yeah. al, thank you very much. when we come back, the best of the best in tv commercials. plus, our special farewell to meredith on her final morning on
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back now at 7:44 with the top commercials of the past year. some rely on humor and celebrity. others a little bit of shock value. last night the association of independent commercial producers honored the best of the best. matt miller is the ceo and president. nice to have you here. welcome back. >> it's great. >> these commercials aired in 2010. that means the economy was in a difficult state. some people would say it still is. how did it affect what we saw on television? >> compared to 2009 the economy was back. one thing we did see in all the spots across the board was that advertisers are more confident in understanding what media was about. and they brought it. some of the ads that are in the show are far and above some of the past years we have seen. you will see it in production, style and in concept. >> let's look at a follow up ad named one of the best. it was honoreded in the humor
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and performance categories. it's a sequel to the original old spice, the man your man can smell like, commercial. >> hello, ladies. how are you, fantastic. does your man look like me, no. can he smell like me, yes. does he use old spice? i don't know. do you like the smell of adventure? do you want a man who smells like he can bake you a cake in the dream kitchen he built? of course you do. swan dive into the best night of your life. so, ladies, should your man smell like an old spice man? you tell me. >> it's just beautifully staged. it's wonderful. how far can they go with this? >> it's got legs. between the two spots they went out and a lot of people were twooet tweeting about it. social media is a big part of the success of the pieces. they made 183 individual commercials with him answering tweets live which got hundreds
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of millions of hits of fre e impressions. >> advertiser's dream. the next one, most of us remember from the super bowl for volkswagen. take a look. ♪ [ engine revs ] ♪ >> 39 million hits online. i like it because it connects to
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everyone. my kids love the commercial. i love it because my kids have done that kind of thing. it works for me. >> it does. and the online aspect was amazing. we proved it on "today" show the friday before the super bowl. had 900,000 hits as they released it the night before. within four hours after watching the show, 6 million hits. 10 million before the game. as you say, went up to 40 million. >> the next one is for ymca, honored in the low budget category. look at what the woman is actually eating. ♪ ♪ you made me love you ♪ i didn't want to do it ♪ i didn't want to do it >> maybe things did get a little out of hand over the holidays. >> see, this one is a little gross to me. we had some of the camera gu
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guys -- it takes a lot to gross them out. >> it takes a lot to gross out the industry. last night when this screened the groans in the audience were -- oh! >> it's supposed to get you off your butt. >> it shows what you can do in low budget. it's a simple idea that can be effective, yet gross. >> the next is from allstate. it earned them the advertising excellence honor. keep in mind with this one they are making insurance seem funny. >> i'm a typical teenage girl. my bff becky said she kissed johnny. that's a problem. i like johnny. now, i'm emotionally compromised and -- whoopsie. i'm all, omg, becky's not even hot. if you have cut rate insurance you could be paying for this yourself. get allstate. save money and be better protected from mayhem like me. >> i like mayhem. he works for me. >> you know, this one's great. look, who's on the category in
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commercials? geico. they have done it with humor, a lot of ways. this is an old staid company saying, we've got to bring it. marketers are saying, we have to entertain, get out there and compete in all ways across social media. we have to make people want to see our ads. >> fun to watch. nice of you to bring them to us. >> great to be here, matt. >> still ahead, a farewell for our queen on meredith's last morning here on "today." we're back after this. what is that? it's you! it's me? alright emma, i know it's not your favorite but it's time for your medicine, okay? you ready? one, two, three. [ both ] ♪ emma, emma bo-bemma ♪ banana-fana-fo-femma ♪ fee-fi-fo-femma ♪ em-ma very good sweety, how do you feel? good. yeah? you did a really good job, okay?
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[ whacking piñata, grunting ] hello, meredith. i want to say good-bye. i'm still stuck here at nbc, but you're moving on. one thing i'm happy about is you are leaving nbc after a great career. it has nothing to do with the twitter photos you tweeted. it's great that women are doing them, too, but, look, i thought you looked fabulous. [ applause ] >> how did he get his hands on that -- so to speak? oh, my goodness. >> we have surprises coming up. any idea what they are? >> ooh, flashing. first your local news and weather. big day, huh? thank you. ♪ oh that mountain grown taste, ♪ ♪ just what you need ♪ for the big race. daughter: morning mom! are you excited?
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81 degrees right now at 7:56 here in the nation's capital. you can see that humidity in air already on this wednesday, the 8th of june. going to get warm. good morning, i'm joe krebs. in the news for today, president obama will head over to northern virginia community college, alexandria campus. he will talk about educating the workforce and will push for more efforts to get americans ready to enter into the manufacturing industries. right now, more than 100 people are without a home after this massive apartment fire in new carrollton in prince georges county. firefighters rescued eight people from the sutton walk apartments last night. the cause of the fire remains under investigation. we will take a break now, come back and look at our
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good morning, right now in the 70s, later today, near 100 degrees. hazy sunshine, do it again tomorrow, then relief on the way into the weekend. so, how traffic now, jerry? >> tom, pretty slow, folks figuring your out the new traffic pattern, 395 to the 14th street bridge. loaded up both directions on the beltway, inner loop and outer [ male announcer ] looking for a complete picture of your money? meet pnc virtual wallet. it comes with a calendar that shows you all your finances at once. it lets you know when your money's going out. and when it's coming in. it even tells you when you're running low. we call that danger days.
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is. she has attracted a massive crowd out on the plaza this morning to wish her a fond farewell. one of the biggest crowds we have had here in a very long time. i'm matt lauer along with al roker and the guest of honor -- >> my dog jasper. [ barking ] >> he will bite you if you get mean to him. >> i'm not going to get mean at all. one hour to go. >> i'm going to try to hold it together. [ barking ] >> i know, honey. >> what's that? meredith's going to fall in the well? [ laughter ] >> nothing bad. >> nothing bad. we are going to look at some of the great moments we have shared with you and we're going to check out some of the big news stories. all of the things that have made the last five years five of the greatest years of our lives. [ screaming ] >> we have a few surprises for you as well.
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we promise you will like them all. i mean that. >> okay. like i have ever trusted you. >> we have a lot to get to. ann curry is at the news desk with a look at the headlines. hi, ann. >> thanks, matt. we begin with the new. smoke from the massive arizona wildfire is triggering health alerts in iowa and colorado. the fire burning for more than a week is threatening two arizona towns. thousands of homes have been evacuated. winds are expected to pick up over the next few days. republicans are pressuring democratic congressman anthony weiner to resign. on tuesday, key democrats including harry reid refused to defend him. weiner confessed to lying about inappropriate internet exchanges with several women. security officials in yemen say armed tribesmensesed part of the second largest city. president saleh is in saudi arabia for treatment of serious wounds suffered in a rocket attack last week. meantime, bahrain's crown
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prince met tuesday with secretary of state hillary clinton and president obama who praised bahrain for lifting emergency rule imposed in march. german chancellor angela merckel received the presidential medal of freedom from president obama and was serenaded by james today lomplt s -- taylor. the senate is expected to vote and scheduled to vote today on whether to stop the federal reserve from capping fees that stores pay banks when shoppers use debit cards. a russian soyuz spacecraft blasted off to the international space station including michael sossen who will be aboard when the shuttle "atlantis" arrives next month on the last space shuttle mission. nasa released amazing videotape of a solar flare erupting from the sun on tuesday. energy released could have a minor impact on the earth's
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magnetic field and communications satellites. just because you like popcorn doesn't mean you have butter fingers. check out the fan who caught a foul at a kansas city royals game using his popcorn bucket. sure beats catching it in the beer cup. way to go. it's 8:04. now back outside to matt and meredith. >> that's something i can do at a ball game. >> popcorn? yeah, good. that's great. ann, thank you very much. mr. roker is here as part of the huge crowd. he's got a check of the weather. al? >> that's right. memphis will miss meredith. the whole
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we will be approaching our record high here this afternoon, which is 98 at reagan national. right now it is at 76, climbing into the 70s elsewhere, hazy sunshine and later today, yes, into the upper 90s, feel hotter than that with the humidity with hazy sunshine, also building air pollution, code orange for poor air quality this afternoon. then tomorrow, hazy, hot, humid, up near 100 degrees. small chance of an afternoon storm, especially to our west, then a greater chance of storms with cooler weather where are you from? >> south carolina.
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>> and they said it all together. check your weather any time day or night. go to weather channel on cable or weather.com online. matt and meredith? >> all right, al. thank you very much. coming up, with a long, strange and wonderful trip, five years of memories with meredith. we'll show you those after these messages. [ male announcer ] who's feeling power hungry? who's ready to break through more barriers, from brick walls to budgets.
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well, it toured around europe, getting handling and steering lessons on those sporty european roads. it went back to school, got an advanced degree in technology. it's been working out -- more muscle and less fat. it's only been two years, but it's done more in two years than most cars do in a lifetime. but it's done more in two years membership rewards points from american express. the social currency. [ cheers and applause ] we're back at 8:09 with the kick-off to our farewell to meredith. i can speak for all of us on the couch and our staff and crew when i say it's been a privilege working with you over the last
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five years. i know the folks at home have enjoyed starting the day with you as well. it's been a great ride. sit back, relax and look at the highlights of your time on "today." ♪ >> this is the job i love. from the moment i came here, everybody embraced me. >> ten minutes to air. >> they made me feel part of the family. >> four, three -- >> it's hard to leave your other family. that's what i'm doing. ♪ ♪ it's a new day >> i don't think people realize how much pressure was on meredith in the early days. >> do you think you have the chops for the job? >> yes, i think i have the chops for the job. >> announcer: this is today -- >> welcome the woman next to me to our family, to our team. meredith vieira is here. >> announcer: meredith vieira. >> like the way it sounds?
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>> yeah, but it's still matt lauer and meredith vieira. >> i don't think that will change. >> she made it look easy. she made it look effortless. it was as if she'd been here for ten years. >> matt! >> step hop. now make a circle. >> there are a lot of perks that come with the job. i knew if i lived long enough my dreams would come true -- and they have. >> she loves to laugh. she opens her arms to these moments. i think it shows in her interviews, especially with comedians like will farrell. >> get over here. >> hi, meredith. >> you brought your lunch? >> i brought my lunch. ♪ [ tarzan cry ] >> oh, no.
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[ screaming ] >> oh! >> ow, that hurt! >> hello, jerry. >> meredith, you have always wanted to do that. >> i always wanted to do that. >> special projects director. good morning to you. was that russell brand? >> first of all, cheers. good morning. >> i do it every morning. >> when you get the statue, i'll polish it for you. o wow, it's heavy. >> she's a movie fan. she loves them. >> i want a commitment that you won't mess around. >> you're hot. >> i remember her coming in and raving about this movie "slumdog millionaire". >> what movie do we love? >> "slumdog millionaire". >> she just championed this movie. >> one of the best movies i have ever seen. "slumdog millionaire" nominated for 200 oscars. well, ten actually. >> thanks for your help, meredith, in getting the movie out there. >> stick around long enough, you
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get to do very different segments. people hear that, taxpayers and they are frustrated. >> presidents hear it and are frustrated. >> you are? >> you are now a convicted felon. do you take responsibility? >> we're going to appeal that. >> president obama's birth certificate. you don't seem convinced he has one. >> i'm not. >> the only thing donald trump is running is his mouth. >> we'll see if he runs. >> i don't care. >> meredith is an important player in providing americans a window to history. >> they are saying it's not policy. >> no, i disagree. >> you could have put dozens, maybe more than that in harm's way. >> she brings a piece of herself to every interview she does. >> this is such a nightmare for you. for four years you have been trying to get your son back. >> the abduction story with david goldman and his son. >> what will it mean for you the first time he calls you "dad". >> it means the world. >> she dove into the story as
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any parent would dive into that story. >> thank you so much. you did so much for us. >> i felt very unattractive. >> where did that come from? >> it stems from my childhood. >> she asked me once, am i going to make it? >> what did you say? >> i said, yeah, sure, you'll make it. if you don't, i'll go with you. >> one person i will always remember from "today." >> how do you let go of the anger? or have you? >> i can't hold it. it's unhealthy. >> a woman who suffered such a terrible injury. >> you move at a good clip. i'll tell you that. >> you're kind of slow. >> what? i'm slow? >> yeah. >> i learned a lot from her that i will keep close to me. >> good morning. tragedy in blacksburg, virginia. the worst mass shooting in american history. >> the first big story i covered was the shooting at virginia
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tech. the question that persists in everyone's mind, who would do something like this? >> it was difficult to cover the story. >> i feel like they could be my kids. it breaks my heart. >> a special edition of "today" as we remember michael jackson. >> michael jackson was an unparalleled showman. [ bell ringing ] >> crash of the titans. wall street in panic mode this morning. >> i was overcome by the sheer size of the destruction. >> you are so lucky. >> these people are proud and dignified. they want some answers, justice for their children. >> she brings the human touch to every single story she covers and has always done that here at "today." ♪ caught in a bad romance >> i will miss her spirit and sense of fun. >> let's rock, new york! >> you can't put a price on that. >> fire! fire! ♪ >> she pushed me.
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[ screaming ] >> if she ever stops jumping. >> meredith blows off steam as well as anyone i have ever met. ♪ >> oh! [ screaming ] ♪ green acres ♪ we are here >> doo doo! ♪ >> there's nothing like halloween on the plaza. ♪ >> welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> oh, geez! oh, my god. ♪ >> you have been looking forward to this day. congratulations. >> finally here. ♪
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>> cafe vieira. oh, whatever. >> i loved going to ireland with meredith. >> you were born in italy? >> can you understand a word this man is saying? >> baaah! >> she still talks to one of those sheeps. it keeps calling. ♪ >> when it came to the olympics she had a real childlike exuberance. >> evan lisocheck with the skate of his life. >> yeah! he's so great. >> michael phelps is arm's length away from me. [ screaming ] >> come on, ann! >> it's an olympic moment we'll never forget. ♪ >> you laughed so much.
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we laugh before it starts, matt and i. you won't believe how easy it can be to obtain prescription drugs inside a doctor's office. >> my view was meredith fitting into the family. >> also had, more on that. the u.s. appears to be -- slipping! >> without a hitch. ♪ >> behind the scenes meredith is one of the best girlfriends you could have. >> meredith is completely a girl's girl. always wanting to share in a glass of chardonnay or two or three. >> remember when she was directing? >> she exec produced us. >> wrap. >> what do you mean? we're just getting into it. >> i came to wish you a happy birthday because it's my birthday, too. >> the best apple pie winner -- it's a toss-up. >> i got it! >> like anything we have dysfunction. that's good. it's crazy, but there is a real
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bond. ♪ >> after months of personal reflection, i have decided to leave "today." i'm just humbled by what a great experience this has been for me. >> i have never enjoyed working with anyone as much as i have enjoyed working with meredith. ♪ >> so beautiful. >> oh! ♪ >> what am i going to miss most? i think probably the sense of family. i'm looking at them right now. that's when i get sentimental. ♪ girl you're amazing ♪ just the way you are
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>> bravo! [ applause ] >> that was really wonderful. thank you. that was wonderful. >> when you look back were there things you didn't remember doing? >> a lot. >> for a lot of reasons. >> we can explain to people when we were tossing the papers off, that's when we do the cross talk. >> that wasn't actually on air. >> you know, the virginia teche kids, it says something about "today" and why it is an important show. they did a candlelight vigil. the kids started coming up to me and they said, you know, this terrible massacre they said, can we please hug you? they watch the show every day and they didn't have their mothers or fathers. i realized in that moment, so humbling about the power of this show to really reach people. it's such a blessing to have had that ability. i am so honored to have sat with
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all of you. most of you. >> i'm not sure they would have said that to everybody. i think it's you. i think it's that they saw you there and how warm you are and how much people connect with you. >> i think they connect with this broadcast. i do. >> can we do one more hands together? >> we have more surprises coming up for meredith in a few minutes. first, these messages. when you've lost interest in everything. when you've had one too many days feeling sad or anxious... aches and pains, fatigue. when it becomes hard to ignore that you need help. that's the day you do something. depression hurts. cymbalta can help with many symptoms of depression. tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens, you have unusual changes in behavior or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults.
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i know how much you love the staff of this show. this is how much they love you. a lot of them on the plaza this morning to wave good-bye to you. our producers, researchers. >> they are the best in morning television, bar none. they are so great. i owe a lot of them money, too. i have to get out of here. >> many of them have been in tears. you have helped mother them. i hope you don't mind my saying that. >> not at all. >> they felt your love. >> a lot of them gathered yesterday at a party we threw for meredith. it was fun. some of the shots from that. we'll have more of the farewell coming up after your local news and weather.
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8:26 is your time now. good morning. more than 100 people without a home after this massive apartment fire in prince georges county. firefighters rescued a woman and a baby from the top floor as flames shot through the roof in parts of that complex. they rescued six others. the fire started in the sutton walk apartments in new carrollton late last night. the cause of the fire remains
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good morning. into the mid to upper 70s. lighter today, upper 9, midafternoon, feel like 100 to 105 with humidity. poor air quality, air pollution with hazy sunshine. tomorrow, hazy, hot, humid again. might get a late afternoon storm, small chance of that but greater chance of showers and 00 near the weekend. but cooler.
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how is traffic? >> 395 duke street, the topside of the beltway loaded up both directions, inner loop and outer loop, between i-95 and 355. rapes are opened. earlier accident moved over to the shoulder. >> jerry, thanks so much. now back t
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♪ do you remember [ cheers and applause ] 8:30 now on this wednesday morning, june 8, 2011. out on the plaza right now, all of these fine folks on rockefeller plaza. it's going to be mighty hot.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> i'm meredith vieira along with matt lauer, ann curry and al roker. the video you just saw was so beautiful. i want to thank everybody who put it together along with katie buckley and mark evans. >> it was a labor of love. believe me. they loved putting it together. >> they had a lot to work with. >> i feel like i have been saying this all morning. wouldn't it be funny
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good morning. hazy sunshine, we are heating into the mid and upper 70s now it will continue to climb n fact, ought to be near 90 by noon and then upper 90s by midafternoon to late afternoon and it will feel like over 100 with the humidity. also, poor air quality developing as air pollution builds. we will have another day like today tomorrow. and then friday into the weekend, cooler weather moving in, a chance of scattered showers friday morning, maybe an aftern and the last time you will hear this, meredith, check your weather any time day or night. weather channel on cable, weather.com online. when you watch the show you'll just dvr through me. >> when we come back, a couple of surprises for the lady we
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love. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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♪ 8:35 now. we're back with more of our special farewell to meredith. one way we like to celebrate around here is with a little music. there's one song that sums up the way we all feel about you. in fact, you mentioned one time that you played it 30 times in a row when you graduated from high school. the song will be played by none other than the legendary carole king. >> oh! [ applause ] >> hi, meredith.
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>> hi, carole. >> we are going to miss you. it's been so amazing having you in our lives on a daily basis. thank you for so many great memories. you do have one of thoe. ♪ when you're down and troubled ♪ ♪ and you need some loving care ♪ ♪ and nothing ♪ oh, nothing is going right ♪ close your eyes and think of me ♪ ♪ and soon i will be there ♪ to brighten up even your darkest night ♪
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♪ you just call out my name ♪ and you know wherever i am ♪ i'm come running to see you again ♪ ♪ winter, spring, summer or fall ♪ ♪ all you have to do is call ♪ and i'll be there ♪ yes, i will ♪ you've got a friend ♪ now, ain't it good to know ♪ that you've got a friend ♪ when people can be so cold ♪ they'll hurt you ♪ yes, and desert you ♪ and they'll take your soul if
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you let them ♪ ♪ but don't you let them ♪ you just call out my name ♪ and you know wherever i am ♪ i'll come running to see you again ♪ ♪ winter, spring, summer or f l fall ♪ ♪ all you have to do is call ♪ and i'll be there ♪ yes, i will ♪ you've got a friend ♪ you've got a friend ♪ you've got a friend
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[ applause ] >> thank you. >> carole, thank you so much. >> i really did play that, like, 30 times. >> i know. >> sat on my bed and cried. >> carole was so nice to arrange her schedule to be here. she has new music coming out, but she wanted to be here for you. >> i'm honored to be here. >> i'm honored to have you. your music is a theme in my life. >> you're performing in central park? >> i am. with the robin hood foundation. >> o wwow. >> wonderful. thanks for being here. we have more ahead. >> oh, no. >> another surprise for meredith. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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back here with our pal on her final day on "today." i was looking at the tape we did in the last half hour. so many great memories over the last five years. we couldn't get everything in the tape. one thing that occurred to me that we had so much fun with, the series on viral videos. do you remember that? >> yeah. >> the day we used our voices to create the voices for dynamite. the other day we were in the plexiglas tubes covered in -- >> what are you doing? >> the one that was probably the most fun is when we did the viral video on the plaza with the single camera shot. >> yeah. >> remember? it was love to "i've got a feeling." come with me. we know how much you love it. we were thinking, how in the world could we ever top something like that? so we thought, well -- here.
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have a seat. that was actually taped . what if we tried to do it live. >> no. i wouldn't try that. >> wouldn't work? >> no. this group? no. >> ready? >> yeah. ♪ ♪ just a small town girl ♪ living in a lonely world ♪ she took the midnight train going anywhere ♪ ♪ just a city boy ♪ born and raised in south detroit ♪ ♪ he took the midnight train going anywhere ♪
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♪ ♪ a singer in a smoky room ♪ a smell of wine and cheap perfume ♪ ♪ for a smile they can share the night ♪ ♪ it goes on and on and on and on ♪ ♪ strangers waiting ♪ up and down the boulevard ♪ their shadows searching in the night ♪ ♪ streetlights, people ♪ living just to find emotion ♪ hiding, somewhere in the night
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ working hard to get my fill ♪ everybody wants a thrill ♪ paying anything to roll the dice ♪ ♪ just one more time ♪ some will win ♪ some will lose ♪ some were born to sing the blues ♪ ♪ oh, the movie never ends ♪ it goes on and on and on and on ♪ ♪ strangers, waiting ♪ up and down the boulevard ♪ their shadows ♪ searching in the night
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♪ streetlights, people ♪ living just to find emotion ♪ hiding, somewhere in the night ♪ ♪ ♪ don't stop believing ♪ hold on to the feeling ♪ streetlights, people ♪ oh, whoa ♪ don't stop believing ♪ hold on ♪ street lights, people
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♪ oh, oh ♪ don't stop [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you so much! thank you. i love you. >> love you. [ applause ] >> we're going to be back with more. we'll say some farewells but first, this is "today" on nbc. this is like an iceberg volcano. it's like lightning in a snowball. it's like frozen hot chocolate. ah! ah! you got it!
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kind of unfair of us to make you sprint around the plaza. >> i know. >> on your last day. we have just a couple of things we'd like to sigh to you. al? >> i have never in my entire career worked with anybody who's been more about a program and the people they work with than you. you have changed my life and changed all of these people's
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lives. we will always hold a spot in our hearts. you are the best. i love you. [ applause ] >> if i can add, you know how much i love you. we all love you. i want to speak for a second on behalf of the viewers who want to thank you for getting up at 2:30 every morning to ask the hard questions, five days a week on weekdays, every morning to make us laugh and remind us to live our values. richard, gabe, ben and lily -- >> and jasper. >> v and jasper are lucky. our door is always open. we are always your family. >> thank you. >> meredith, al said how much you have changed his life. you have changed everybody's life. i think you touched everyone. you showed us from day one when you took over the job this is all about you being just the way you are. it's so appropriate they chose that song to open the show and close the show for you.
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you are amazing just the way you are. so genuine. thank you. >> thank you. >> i sat down last night trying to figure out what i wanted to say and i kept coming up with jokes and sarcasm. i thought, why does that always happen when i talk about meredith in public do i always poke fun? i realized, a little psych analysis here. i'm afraid if i tell you how i feel i will be a blubbering idiot. but it's your last day. i adore you and i have since we had dinner five and a half years ago. i look at the tape. it speaks for yourself. talent, warmth, generosity. your sense of humor is what i will remember most. you have made me laugh every day here. the bottom line is this, as al said, i have marvelled over the fact that with someone who's got talent as large as yours how small your ego is. you have taught us all how to be great teammates. that's the gift i will take away. thank you so much. [ applause ]
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>> i know you said just before we came back you don't want to leave. >> i don't want to go now. but i went up and they changed the lock on my dressing room door. >> you can change your mind. take it from me. >> i think life is about changing. you know, one door closes and another opens. i love you all. i meant it. you are the best. bar none. it's such a family. it's hard to leave a family so i'm not going to say good-bye at all. i do want to thank all of you guys. thank you for coming out today. [ cheers and applause ] >> i talked yesterday at our party about this bracelet that my husband richard gave me the day before i started this job five years ago. it's a little charm. i was so scared. it says "we are with you, love
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richard, ben, gabe and lily." that's the reason i'm leaving. but, you know, this is about "today," so i'm taking this off after the show and i'm going to pawn it. no, i'm not. i'm going to put it in a safe place and all of you are in my heart. so i'll never lose you. i love you all very much. >> we love you, too. we're going to take a quick look because you didn't get to see the video as it was happening. let's look at a few moments of what we just produced here. ♪ she took the midnight train going anywhere ♪ ♪ just a city boy ♪ born and raised in south detroit ♪ ♪ he took the midnight train going anywhere ♪ ♪
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♪ a singer in a smoky room ♪ a smell of wine and cheap perfume ♪ ♪ for a smile they can share the night ♪ ♪ it goes on and on and on and on ♪ ♪ strangers waiting ♪ up and down the boulevard ♪ their shadows searching in the night ♪ ♪ streetlights, people ♪ living just to find emotion ♪ hiding, somewhere in the night ♪
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and that's available online. >> i have it back in my minivan. what do you get for the girl who's given us so much? >> oh! i love it. >> one of my favorite memories. >> thank you, guys. >> thank you. >> love you all very much. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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8:55 is your time now. it is 82 degrees out there it is going to be hot, humid, a sweltering day. tom will have the rest of your forecast after the news. good morning. maryland state troopers are investigating a deadly motorcycle accident in montgomery county. a man and woman both died. the single-vehicle accident happened on the ramp from 495 to river road. investigators shut down the ramp for several hours. it is now back open them we are going to take a quick break now.
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good morning. heating up now with the hazy sunshine, we are near 80 to degrees now. it will be near 90 by noontime,
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upper 90s midafternoon, increased humidity as well, feel like 100 to 105, poor air quality, air pollution building today. unhealthy air quality. more of the same on thursday, but then friday, saturday into the weekend, we will get a break from the heat, but we have an increased chance of showers and thunderstorms each day, settling down first part of next week. how is mid-dorning traffic now, jerry? >> in the soup 395 northbound, an earlier accident above duke street. see one police car here to the shoulder. the lanes are owe. that is where the delays begin to the new lane configuration 14th street bridge. beltway north of town slow on
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♪ jimmy fallon leading the parade as part of our live viral video farewell for meredith just a couple minutes ago. the whole cast and crew of the "today" show taking part. and not stopping believing out on the plaza. we're back with more of "today" on this wednesday morning. meredith is still getting hugs and kisses from the people who work here. she's so popular. meanwhile out on the plaza i'm matt lauer along with natalie morales and al roker.
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you know, we just want people to know that one of our great producers at the "today" show, jen long, is behind that video and the one earlier in the year. it takes a lot to pull it together. >> our camera crew, joe, john and rob did an amazing job keeping up with the cast. >> that's all one long shot. and we have to thank carole king and good old abe vigoda as well. always loves to make an appearance here. >> proving once again, he's not dead. >> more alive than ever. >> lots to get to. let's start this half hour at the news desk where ann curry is standing by with the headlines. ann? >> thanks a lot. they are fighting fire with fire in eastern arizona where the state's second largest wildfire ever is threatening several towns. firefighters are setting backfires in an attempt to keep
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flames away from eager and springerville. thousands of residents have been evacuated. as the scandal surrounding congressman anthony weiner grows the democrat from new york is finding little support from either side of the aisle. luke russert joins us with the latest from washington on the story. good morning again. >> reporter: good morning, ann. after admitting monday in a press conference that he sent a lewd photograph of himself over twitter, congressman anthony weiner could not seem to catch a break. >> i have engaged in several inappropriate conversations. >> reporter: it's not getting easier for anthony weiner. republicans say he should step down. >> i don't condone his activity. i think he should resign. >> reporter: democrats aren't helping him either. >> i know congressman weiner. i wish there was some way i could defend him, but i can't. >> reporter: even fellow new yorker donald trump took a shot. >> anthony weiner is a bad guy. he's a psycho. >> my name is ginger lee.
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good morning. already now near 80 degrees here at midmorning and later today, it will be under the upper 90s by midafternoon, increased humidity as well. in addition, the air qual liberty diminishing, get air pollution building, code orange for unhealthy air quality this afternoon. looks like we will repeat this tomorrow. record high 98, right near that record. tomorrow, the record is 102. i doubt we are going to get that hot but certainly going to feel that hot. cool air as we get int today's money 911 where we answer your big financial questions. david bach, the founder of finishrich.com is the author of debt free for life. car men ulrich is our personal
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finance expert and author. she's got the book out, the real cost of living and alexa von tobel is here from learnvest.com. a personal finance site for women. this is a first. all of our questions have been generated by twitter. they all came in on tweets. hash tag # good-bye meredith is number two on twitter right now. this is a tweet. what's the best retirement savings plan to start today for people under 30? >> i love that question. if you are under 30 this is simple. you want to put your money in a 401-k plan. here's why. it's automatic. it comes right out of the paycheck and hopefully your company will match it. say you put in $5,000. hopefully you have a match. that gives you a couple thousand dollars of free money.
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if you don't have the 401-k plan i want you to open up the roth ira. you won't get a tax deduction but the money comes out tax free at retirement. >> david, you have to limit your answer to 140 characters. >> oh! >> next, jt spencer. what is good to purchase now for little ones born into the family. i used to buy i bonds. >> you want to look at a 529 plan. of course it lets your money grow tax-free. here's the reason you want it in your name. there are a couple of reasons. the number one reason is if the child is very young and they don't go to college you can name a different beneficiary in the family. so this helps you keep the 529 in your name and change the family member if someone decides not to go to school. >> alexalexa, this one's for yo from dallas. is it best to pay off smaller
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amounts first, credit cards and such or bigger loans first like car loans? >> when paying down debt, focus on the debt with the greatest interest rate. pay it down because it's costing you the most money. however, for all other debt payments you have, make sure to make the minimum payments as missing one can incur penalties and hurt your credit score. if you have debt across many cards, consider consolidating it onto one card with a lower interest rate and rates often reset after six months. >> now for the bonus round. this week from morris county, new jersey. if a high school student works during his or her senior year will it affect financial aid for college? >> it should not affect it. unless you make a ton of money. go to finaid.com. seniors, get a job! >> every parent recommends it. carmen, from california. is it better to buy a lower sta
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cuss home now and then a better home flee years later or just wait? >> here's the thing. if you are talking about buying a home now, a smaller one and then selling it in three years and buying a bigger home, that's a no-no. the housing market won't go anywhere. you risk losing money and you will have to short sell. you could either buy a small home now that you can afford. be happy, live in it for years. hopefully ten years at least to guarantee you can earn some money. or wait three years and buy a bigger home after you have saved more and you're in better financial shape. >> that was 800 characters. >> okay. from alabama. high school grad, what to do with grad money. deposit into a traditional savings account or -- question mark. i have no clue what to do. >> congrats on graduating. do not spend the money. if you want to us yoo e it in t next few years, use a high interest savings constitution connecticut and don't touch it. if you can part with it for ten
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years or more, open a brokerage account so you can understand the markets and investing. you can get your money starting to work for you. >> all right. alexa, carmen and david. fantastic. our first all tweet morning. >> we'll shrink it down next time. >> all right. still aed head, the secret to avoiding bug bites, heat rash and poison ivy and uncomfortable summer rashes. oh, my. later, if you enjoy the backyard from your deck maybe it needs some work. should you redo the old one or start from scratch? we'll help you decide after these messages. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva helps control my copd symptoms... by keeping my airways open a full 24 hours. plus, it reduces copd flare-ups. spiriva is the only once-daily inhaled copd maintenance treatment
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>> announcer: "today's health" is brought to you by aquafresh training toothpaste. a great start to a lifetime of healthy teeth. >> this morning on "today's health" from bed bugs to bizarre bumps, there are tricks and tips that can keep your skin safe just in time for summer. dr. raj is a contributing medical editor to health magazine and a "today" contributor. good morning. >> good morning. >> so skin irritations are common in the summer months. the hot humid weather. >> itchy months, absolutely. there is something we can do to prevent it. >> first is heat rash. a lot of people suffer with this. what are some things that bring it on? what can you do about it? >> prickly heat is another name for it. it happens in babies and adults. when you're in warm, moist conditions sometimes the sweat glands get blocked and your perspiration is trapped leading to a bumpy, itchy, red rash. normally it goes away within a
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few days. it can be uncomfortable so wear cool fabrics, nothing too tight. if you get a rash, stay in the cool, indoors with a/c or a fan. make sure you put cold compresses on the air an wait it out. >> any creams or anything or does it just go away? >> it will go away, but you can use an anti-itch like calamine or a hydro cortisone cream. >> poison ivy rears its ugly head this time of year. the leaves of three, right? let's see a picture of it. >> exactly. it's important for kids and adults to recognize it. it's common. it can be in the backyard, for example. so be careful about avoiding it. what happens with poison ivy or okay is there is an oil that causes irritation in most people. make sure you wear long clothes, heavy gloves if you're gardening. >> pants, socks.
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>> recognize the plant. if you are exposed, try to wash off the clothes or your skin very quickly, within 10, 15 minutes. if you wait an hour you can have a reaction. >> and a myth is it's contagious. >> once you have it, you can't give it to someone else. if you have oil on your clothing and someone touches that they could develop the rash. >> the not so pleasant yeast infections which can be a problem for women this time of year. >> we all have some amount of naturally occurring yeast in our body. but if something throws off the balance, especially a warm, moist environment which happens in the summer you get an overgrowth of yeast causing the uncomfortable, itchy yeast infection. first of all, make sure you know what it is. many people think they have a yeast infection and it's a different infection. get a diagnosis. they are easily treated with over-the-counter ointments or an oral medication. >> next is a huge problem. athlete's foot. not just for the athlete here, right? >> no. this is everyone this time of
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year. >> it's a common fungus that occurs on the foot. this is something you can pass from person to person. if you are walking barefoot on a sauna or public pool area. >> a gym. locker rooms. >> yes. again, this fungus loves a warm, moist environment. have room in your shoes. plastic shoes aren't a good idea. use a powder to keep the area cool and dry. >> and heat rash -- well, hives actually. hives can look like heat rash but it's the blotchiness. >> it's like a raised welt. they can be large and cover your arm. this is a reaction to something else. it's often an allergic reaction to food, pollen. could be a reaction to medication. interestingly, some people get hives from stress or being in a cold temperature. if you get hives you want to see an allergist to see what's triggering it. certainly if there is a sign of trouble breathing or having
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swelling in the face or throat, you need to go to the emergency room right away. >> last but not least, i hear bedbugs could be coming back. >> unfortunately they are predicting a resurgence. something about the winter being so cold and it's warm again, they are coming out of the woodwork. you have to be careful. make sure when you travel, inspect your luggage, the hotel rooms. if you have any suspicion, get a professional in to make sure the house is free of bedbugs. >> dr. raj, always great advice for us. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> still to come this morning in "today's kitchen" easy ways to make a summer meal. and highlights of our emotional morning as we said our farewells to meredith vieira. but first, these messages. ♪ [ male announcer ] did you know that your baby's adult teeth are already forming just below the surface? caring for your baby's teeth now,
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still to come, a compelling question. should you renovate your deck or build a new one? it's been a big day here. talking about meredith's final day. >> we'll show you the highlights from our good-bye to meredith. >> first your local news and weather. we're here because we wanted to come as much as they did. (girl) it's really hogwarts! because i can fly with harry! because i love seeing him like this! (screaming) ahhhhh!
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i'm ann curry live from the bottom of the world in antarctica. >> this is a ceremonial south pole. okay. want to see how fast i can run around the earth? there you go. nbc news has been here. >> hello! >> our ann has gone to the ends of the earth. tomorrow her journey brings her to where this has all led, to the anchor desk on "today." we celebrate the changing roles as she sits in the anchor chair, much deserved. natalie takes over the news desk
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and we'll welcome savannah guthrie to new york leaving behind her job as white house correspondent and straight man to chuck todd. she'll be the feature on the third hour of "today." we'll celebrate a new day tomorrow on "today." >> exciting. >> yes, the real day -- today is really -- [ applause ] >> oh, you guys. [ cheers and applause ] >> we are obviously still on fumes because we're so excited about meredith and her future. but today really is about meredith. earlier this morning we had a very, very, very emotional good-bye that just -- i can't believe we're able to produce this live. a live video that will hopefully go viral. i just found out she's a trending topic. # good-bye meredith is the
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number two topic and abe vigoda is number four. obviously he's in the video. it's been a heart felt morning. very emotional. meredith has meant so much to us personally and professionally. >> she's still saying good-bye to crew members right now. >> exactly. we have a look back at what happened earlier this morning. >> we are all emotionally drained. i'm like, is it friday? >> okay. the show's off tomorrow. >> no, no. we're here in different roles. also ahead, switching gears here, summertime is about lounging on the deck, if you're lucky enough to have one. you can also have them build you one. if yours is made of wood you need to maintain it. there are other options out there, too. you can get a synthetic one. >> you don't mean a synthetic lou. >> he can look a little wooden sometimes. >> oh, man! >> we love lou. >> you okay over there? >> i'm fine. >> lou's done a number of
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segments from under the bus before. >> we'll get some great summer dinner recipes from south of the border that are easy to make tonight or any night. >> all right. a man who would never be accused of being wooden. al roker has a check of the weather.should you go with redw
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what if the deck is looking old and tired? should you rebuild or renew? we have the host of house smarts here to help us decide. hey, lou. >> good morning. >> with all your exuberance, let's talk about it. what's your thinking? >> you have to look at the deck. with deck it's like an old car. if the frame is solid, you can rebuild over the top. if you have an old deck that the framing, what supports the deck from underneath is rotten then you probably have to do the whole thing again. some of the options to consider are synthetic materials. >> why do you like synthetic materials? one reason might be recycling. >> well, yeah. i'm a wood fan. always have been. always will, but the advancements in synthetics really, to me, i don't know why you wouldn't use one. this one by trex is 95% recycled material. i was one of the first builders in chicago in the late 90s to use the product.
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get any color you want as long as it was gray. they have come a long way. this is the transcends line. it's really a beautiful option. they have a beautiful in-grain that looks like wood. different colors. they have a neat feature. one option is a groove you can get on the board that actually allows you to hide the fasteners. so you don't see anything on top. it just kind of slides in there like a tongue in groove floor and it allows the water to flow through. it's beautiful. >> this is also not wood, but it's not recycled materials. why choose something like this? >> this is azek that makes a cellar pvc. it's foamed and extruded and the color is all the way through. 13 colors. very stain resistant. it's essentially plastic. when it started it was trim only. came in white. it was a terrific option when you built a home. they found a way to engineer it
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for decking to make it super sturdy. and because of the way it's made, it cuts and shapes like pine. so if you look where the screws are, they are so close to the edge, but you won't split the material. if i tried to do it with a stad piece of wood i would have to predrill it and i would probably damage boards. the benefit of synthetics is little or no maintenance. you would have to keep them clean. you never have to restain them. so while there is a little bit more of an investment. >> how much more? >> probably 20 to 25% over a standard cedar deck. you will recoup that in less than five years and then you're off to the races. you have a beautiful deck that you literally go out with the hose and a brush and keep clean. organic material from outside. you know, leaves, dirt can get on top and get dirty. it's going to look like this. i have a set of steps on the back i put in ten years ago. they look fantastic. >> you have a number of colors you can finish this with. >> the azek comes in 13.
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the trek has seven colors. there are a lot of choices. you can mix and match. the deck rails are also synthetic. you can match the color or accent. it's really pretty. >> even after all you have said people will say, look, i just like the look of having a real wood deck. if you are one of those people -- and i'm one to be honest with you. >> i know. >> there are things you can use that weren't available a few years ago. >> five years ago i would have said only oil-based semi transparent stains. there are water born finishes, $35 a gallon. benjamin moore has arborcoat. they have a system with a stain and a clear coating over the top to give you a little sheen. the advancement in the technology with the water-borns gets into the wood, bites in. wood sucks up water all day.
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this morning in "today's kitchen", easy as 1-2-3. quick summer meals with south of the border flavor. should have a big sombrero and a little mustache. ivy is here to tempt us with fantastic items including chicken al cabon as opposed to el cabong. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> this is a nice summer dish. >> it's a great summer seasonal recipe. simple, easy to do even for a weeknight grilling. >> nice. >> what i have done here is i have citrus juices. orange, lime, grapefruit. >> does it matter the mix? >> no, just citrus. i concentrate the flavors with a chipotle chili which is a smoked
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jalapeno. delicious. we have a recipe on your website. >> can you use store bought to save time? >> absolutely. save a little time. little bit of olive oil. >> right. just a pinch of salt. we're going to blend it in the blender very quickly. oh, blender works. >> that's always good. >> it is good. >> you'd be surprised. >> no, i wouldn't. >> you have seen our show. >> not your show. >> how long will you marinate it? >> a minimum of four hours or overnight. you can put it together in the morning before work. come home and it's ready to grill. >> okay. >> throw it right on the grill. i have done it with chicken. it would work with pork, beef or really anything you want. >> you going to help me out? awesome. you have been working hard today. >> i know. >> that's great. we'll grill those five, six
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minutes on each side until they're done and serve them with rice and beans. i made some corn relish with seasonal ingredients. summer corn from long island and some avocado from california. >> could you grill the corn first? >> absolutely. >> ooh. >> we put our chicken breast there. >> this is pretty healthy. >> very healthy. there is really nothing heavy or fattening about it. this is just made with vinegar, olive oil. like i said, the corn, avocados. some peppers. >> that's great. >> i'll garnish it. want to try that? >> yeah. garnish it with a piece of grilled avocado. people don't think of grilling avocado often. it's delicious that way. >> terrific. once we have the main dish, let's head back here. >> we can make some lemonade. >> you start with a base lemonade. >> right. this is a basic lemonade.
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lemon juice, sugar an water. >> right. >> we'll take summer fruits. in this case it's blackberry. we pureed them in the blender. you could also leave them whole. i will pour in a little bit and stir it up. look how beautiful it is. >> gorgeous. >> in this case we have prickly pear which is cactus fruit. >> great colors. >> also in season for the summer. isn't it beautiful? then of course strawberries. this is my favorite. >> ooh. >> take that, stir it up and we'll serve it like this with a little mint over it or anything you'd like to garnish it with. >> perfect. like vodka. >> i didn't say it. you said it. a little tequila, vodka, perhaps even rum. >> i knew i liked you, ivy. >> cheers to that. >> thanks so much. recipes on the website, today.com.
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coming up next, we have a look back at meredith's last day. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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today is not about finding the time to do your homework. it's not about logging on to this week's class. today is a celebration, a triumph of dedication, a victory for that little voice that urges us on. today is a day to recognize that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, and to prove that not all heroes wear a cape. some wear a cap and gown. congratulations to the strayer university graduates of 2011.
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how you holding up? >> tough day. i'm kind of drained. >> i think we all are. >> a celebration of five years of meredith in the anchor chair. >> then we have a three-card monte tomorrow. you're moving to the anchor chair. >> right. >> natalie to the news desk and savannah guthrie joins us from d.c. >> so we welcome here. >> it's exciting. >> favorite moments this morning, besides the obvious. >> the look on meredith's face when she realized how much we love her. at the very end of the dancing, singing, just the look on her face. >> and being serenaded by carole king. >> abe vigoda! >> he was a trending topic today. that's great. >> here's a farewell to
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meredith. deep breath, count to ten. welcome to "today" on a bitter sweet wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith vieira. looks like i'm leaving, doesn't it? >> i lost a bet. i said you would call in sick today. >> always been a big fan. >> thank you. >> i got adam some tissues. he's been crying all morning. >> want to say something. >> meredith! >> i love you so much. lock him up. >> the guest of honor. [ barking ] >> i know, honey. >> what's that? meredith's going to fall in the well? >> i am so honored to have sat with all of you. ♪ winter, spring, summer or fall ♪ ♪ all you've got to do is call ♪ you've got a friend
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♪ you've got a friend ♪ you've got a friend [ applause ] ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ working hard to get my fill ♪ everybody wants a thrill ♪ hiding somewhere in the night ♪ ♪ ♪ don't stop believing ♪ hold on
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[ group ] aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! [ male announcer ] mach tower. heart racing. jaw dropping. coming soon to busch gardens williamsburg. from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotbe. live from institute owe 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> hey everybody. it is a really bittersweet day for all of us. >> it's been a blubberfest. the entire crew came out for meredith in tons of ways. but there were a lot of moments. the reason we are wearing our t-shirts. i know you only see wine lovers
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heart but at the bottom it says meredith. the entire crew -- >> we learned choreography. >> let's see a little bit of the good-bye video. ♪ ♪
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>> got down a little bit. >> at the end of that song and this is from meredith's point of view. she could see all of us, she was really crying -- i don't know if she was hyper ventilating from the running or crying. >> she couldn't stop crying. >> really going to miss her. >> she didn't know any of that was going to happen. we were in position. we missed watching carol king sing to her. we heard it. we're going to look at a little bit of her singing "you've got a friend." ♪
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>> meredith has an awful lot of friends. >> she has been outside since the morning. >> she is still saying good-bye to people. >> she is amazing. last night we had a party for meredith because we can't stop celebrating her. and this one was held at the hurricane club. it was such fun. apparently dancing -- >> i had to go to a book signing and you had a screening. but megan put that together. >> megan rocked it. these are some of the pictures from there. these are cool. do you remember the old throw back polaroids? we thought they were magic. the cameras are cool because you can point like so. >> okay now. >> and then shoot. >> that's going to be cute.
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>> and it comes out of the top like the old fashioned ones. >> yours is broken. not working properly. >> we had a great time. >> we really did. >> there she is. how great was it to see abe? >> did this guy remind you of abe? >> i guess so. this is live. she is still there. still saying good-bye to people. she is going to sleep like a baby. you know what she is going to do at 2:30 in the morning? keep sleeping, which she has not done for five years. you can't imagine what that is like if you have not had that kind of lifestyle. >> you were busy yesterday. >> tonight is my last night. i was in princeton. the book is called the legend. looks just like messy.
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looked like his sister. thanks everybody. tonight is my last one at the book review in long island from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. >> if you were tucked in last night and you turned on the tv and the voice was on -- i caught the second half. it was the first live one. that made a difference. so this was team christina versus team blame. >> they both have pretty strong teams right? >> let's watch a little bit of this in case you missed it. ♪ ♪ >> when they did this they had the groups singing together and
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the individuals singing together. >> who won? >> the voting is happening now? >> you get a week to vote or something. >> the voting is confusing. >> ours is easy. >> we are doing our voice today. today we each have to pick one more. >> the trouble is you don't know what three are coming up so you don't know if you want to wait or pick or, you know? >> i am so excited. we're going to finalize our teams and both you and i are going to coach our teams in singing. everyone knows i am a terrible singer. what am i doing coaching? >> maybe we can get joe d. to stay and help coach. >> we have to go from her to the weiner. it is still big, big news.
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>> once they start to unravel, someone pulls the thread. and it all falls apart. today if you are interested in exactly what anthony was sexting to one of the girls according to the paper -- >> a 40-year-old woman. the one in vegas? >> they lay out in graphic detail. it starts off with a conversation like most things. >> loved you on the bad guys. and then it turns into what are you wearing. >> it goes slower than that. you can watch the progression until it gets smutty. >> i felt dirty just reading it. i was not involved. i don't want to know what people say to one another. >> i wonder how prevalent that is. i think a lot of guys think this is harmless because you are not
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touching anyone. in many cases you are not conversing just texting back and forth. we're going to name names and post on facebook. if you wonder the best day to say sex -- >> i wonder the best year. >> last year. the best day to have sex is on a wednesday. >> wednesday. it's today! >> who knew? >> we don't know why that is. ok ok okaycupid.com say that wednesday nights are the time to have a good time. doesn't make any sense to me. but that's the way it is. >> all right. so you heard carol king sing.
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so we told everybody that today was best friends day. the number of photos that were sent to our facebook page blew up. people were sending pictures of themselves. this morning i pulled up a couple of pictures. i picked one of me and karen and one of -- that's jane. and then there is another one of me and karen. i have known karen for 15 years and i have known jane longer than that. so when you have people you can call, who would you call in the middle of the night if you only had one call and you didn't have a family member. who would be the one phone call. >> christine? she won't let me show you her picture but she is really cute. >> i think people have sent in family pictures. >> we're going to show also thursday and friday because so many of you sent them in. >> it's fun to see the stories. they talk about long time pals for many, many years.
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i like the stories that people send with them. >> have you ever gone to an event and you get dressed up and you realize they are not serving alcohol, right? >> nobody wants to go to that. >> we have got the suggestion for you. you say to somebody oh, excuse me, i just need to go to ladies room to powder my nose. and you go to the ladies room and there is your -- and you just -- there is room for your lipstick and powder, too. so you can come back. and your keys with your freshly powdered nose. five minutes later, i seem to have stomach problems. i need to go to the ladies room. >> frank is hitting the road
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right? >> frank doesn't come to everything with me. but he is going to be at the collector's showcase of america for all of you sports fans. >> and this time she is singing for a cause. >> and there is more talent in the house today. first these messages. now drink up! you're losing a lot of water out there!
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and with the record sales of more than 5 million and nine number one hits, she has certainly done that. she is paying it forward and using her music to help others. >> welcome. you look good, by the way. >> we are comfortable today. >> so tell us about this cause of yours that you are excited about. >> it's called a million doors. it's a campaign to build a non-profit school in nashville. i had met -- it's going to make me cry. i met the head of the school just is so moved by an angel. >> the kids are getting a credible education. >> it's the lowest tuition in nashville. so when they -- when it came time to expand i went to a lot of the foundations and they said
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we are more apt to give it to the college level not this young. >> you came up with a great idea. >> we launched a million doors.com, if you go there and donate a dollar you get a song until july 15, you get a song called carry me, for free. i figured would go to 2.3 million people and say can you give us a dollar. >> maybe if you sing for them, they will like it. >> we would love to hear it. >> here we go. >> louder? >> what is this now? >> this is your song. ♪ carry me down this road a little while ♪ ♪ carry me ♪ carry down this road a little while ♪ >> you're a real singer. >> just the way you touch me.
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back several years ago, you came out as a surprise guest and i play a song over and over and over to get me through something and one of your songs is that my life. i will never forget the moment jo dee, when you came on the show and played that song. ♪ >> beautiful. >> like we needed more tears today. >> beautiful song. it is interesting how many people you touch. >> it's true. this is why i do this. music always touched me and for
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my music to make a difference is sureal. >> and your life is so cool. >> she has got a 2-year-old. oh my gosh he is adorable. he looks like a little ralph lauren ad. >> tell us about him. >> he is 2 and he's a mess. >> he looks just like his dad. that child looks nothing like me. he is great. he is so much fun. he is at home with his dad right now. >> i want to wish you great luck with the school. a head hancho is with us. >> she is an angel and her dream is so selfless. that is why i wanted to be a part of raising money to build the school. that's her dream. >> you have another cd coming out soon? >> hopefully soon. i know that the song is available after july 15rks it will be available on itunes. we are working on a new project.
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♪ >> and we are back with our segment appropriately called what the what. >> you sent in photos of anything you found funny or bizarre. >> this was sent in from linda. i'm sold. it's made with seven secret spices. it's a party in your mouth and everyone's invited. that might be an oversell. our next one is a well trained bird. >> oh my gosh. >> he doesn't just sit. it is like potty. >> is that a real sized toilet? >> that is a parrot stick. every morning he comes in when
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linda is in the shower. >> look how big that bird is. i hate to say. the toilet needs a little scrubbing. >> linda. >> sorry. >> this one is from roy harrisson. i guess that's one way to inspire your graduates. note the last line or we're all going to be really pissed. make the world a better place. next up, donna from iowa. i can make it today but my time machine is in the shop so yesterday is out. in case you missed it, yesterday it was here as well. and finally from connecticut, during the beginning of our 13 hour car ride this license plate reminded us about klg and hoda.
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>> don't forget to enter your photos on the website. >> we can't wait to show off your pictures. >> we will get one more shot to chose our team member for today's voice. >> the best beaches for your family this summer. >> who doesn't want to be there right now. >> after your local news. meet beth, nursery school teacher. lights, camera, activia it's the best job in the world. my students are amazing. but to be there for them, you've gotta feel your best. kids can tell. that's why i love eating activia every day. so delicious activia help me feel good inside which helps me be my best... positive, cheerful and on top of things. help regulate your digestive system. love how you feel or your money back. ♪ activia
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♪ >> we're back on this winesday wednesday, it's time for our today's voice competition. and our third round of blind auditi auditions. >> we each need a total of three singers on our team. we both have two and we each need one more. >> how exciting. >> it easterable. >> we will get a quick recap. >> i know you have the sound but this is week three. out of three con tes sents performing. you all need to end up whethree. turn the chairs around and we will bring out the first contestant this is so exciting. okay. you guys ready? >> remember the chair doesn't
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turn without you moving. >> we know that. >> i forget sometimes. ♪ >> oh yeah. that's a ten. that's a home run. >> good job. >> tell us who you are, where you are from? >> we're from west virginia. this is my husband. >> b.j. roberts. >> cute. i saw a cute baby running around here. >> you picked them. >> i liked their voices blended beautifully together. i didn't know if they were brother and sister at first but apparently not. i love when you went up to the
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higher notes you didn't force it. you were obviously enjoying what you were doing. i could see the smile on your faces in my mind. you guys were awesome. >> good job. that's great. >> hoda says turn. >> the rules say -- >> there we go. we will bring out number two. >> there is too much pressure now. >> i'm scared. >> you have got this. >> one more to go, hoda. ♪
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♪ >> nice, nice! >> that was so beautiful. >> i wish i had you earlier. >> that was beautiful. that was really beautiful. it's a little scarey. you just performed in front of 2.5 million people and i thought you did beautifully. i'm not sure what's next and i loved you and i took a risk and i -- i think you are a ten. >> if you had been singing a
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boppy song she likes she would have liked you. >> do not listen to her. >> the whole thing is very magical and bringing me back home. >> so happy that you are here. >> originally from philadelphia. >> tell us your name? >> rick jones. >> okay. one more. thank you so much. okay. >> thank you. >> bye. >> one more to go. let's turn around. >> hoda has to pick him. i mean yes you do. stay there. quit playing with the light. >> is it on? >> no. ♪
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>> we have a southern belle in the house. >> i love my southerners. >> tell me your maim? >> ashton. >> i'm from seattle, but i live in dallas. >> i like the little country thing that you have going and i'm a huge country fan. i'm excited. >> sweet and beautiful quality to your voice. >> let's bring everyone out here. >> we got the little baby. >> oh my gosh. >> they harmonize with this little one. >> the baby is on my team as well. >> we are going to be back to play who knew to look at more friends on this national best friends day. depression is a serious medical condition. i feel like i have to wind myself up
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kathy lee is ready to hand out one hundred bucks across to street to anybody who can answer the questions correctly. and to those who don't they get kathie lee's cd. here to help me is tim from
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intentertainment weekly who didt put us on the cover. >> look what i found. >> oh my gosh. famous tv daughters. >> and a lovely couple from jacksonvil jacksonville, florida. >> i believe that's alan. >> you are right. >> yes, indeed. allen thicke. >> he is the father of robin thicke who is an a & b singer who has released four albums. he is married to another actress who was just in jumping the broom and they have children. and he is on tour this summer with jennifer hudson. >> i love him. >> look at all these gorgeous girls from canada. true or false. bob saget did not play the role
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of danny tanner in the original pilot. >> that's false. >> it's true. i can't wait to see them fight over my cd. >> let's watch them fight. nobody's fighting. >> someone else actually played danny in the pilot. we almost -- we were this close to missing the glory that is saggett. >> he is something in person. he has got quite the mouth. >> yes. uh-huh. >> back to kathy. >> tell me where you are from. >> broomfield, illinois. >> i forgot. which tv dad was born on the same date as his co--star? >> i'm going to go with c. >> that's a good choice. >> totally guessed it right.
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>> they both played the keatons on family ties. they actually have the same birthday. june 21. a lady never tells her real age. june 21. so we can wish them a happy early birthday. >> we're going to take a look at a clip. watch this. which of the following tv dads was almost cast as bar owner sam malone on the show cheers. was it tony danza? patrick duffy? >> tim duffy. >> no. it's perfectly fine. she's going to go to sleep so well for this. >> she almost got two of them. neither of those two. >> ed o'niel was almost cast. sam is like the bash lchelor or
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playboy but ed went on to play al bundy. he is on modern family now. emmy nominated. >> we have one more. >> on which show starring tony danza did he play a character that was not named tony? >> family law? >> yeah. good girl. >> he always played tony. >> producers on tony zdanza tv shows have no krcreativity. >> are we ever getting on the cover of entertainment weekly? >> i'm going try. >> that means no. >> next up, pack up the shovel and camera. tune in after this. now drink up! you're losing a lot of water out there!
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>> pack your bags people. it's time for today's travel and the best family beaches. >> so the folks did some digging to come up with places that will give you everything from clean picnic areas and clean surf. >> there is a beautiful place in californ california. >> we love you so much. >> we love love love you. >> this is dana points. it really is.
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>> are you heading off to restore with the family? >> i really don't want to leave now so i am joining you. you just talk. >> you sit. >> dana is going to take us on some beaches. >> i'm not going to start hogging the chairs. >> if meredith was going to visit a great beach this summer, where would you go? >> indiana. >> who knew? >> get out. >> you would need a lot of wine. >> really? >> west beach. it's right on the southern tip of lake michigan. calm water. >> clean? >> all the beaches we chose were really chosen based on that. >> i am in love with western michigan. it is gloriously beautiful. >> okay. where else? >> fresh water? >> if you want ocean there is san diego. it's right over the bridge. t
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the. >> if you want to take a long flight, hawaii is a nice place. >> yes. nice and calm water. you can see the fish standing there in the water. baby sharks sea turtles. it's really gorgeous. >> a good puffer fish. >> can i miss meredith for just a moment here. >> i don't know, meredith. who is meredith? >> we got to get -- >> tell us number one. >> we got to get to number one. north beach which is in florida outside of st. petersburg.
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>> that is a home run. >> and number two is in south carolina. >> that is beautiful, too. >> maybe we can get meredith to stay. first this is "today" on nbc.
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>> okay. what can we tell you about this man? he is a line backer for the bengals, now a free agent. >> but also an author. you took one, didn't you john.
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>> i brought you guys gifts. last time you had me on, i didn't have a bow tie. >> a necklace? >> thank you. >> i want you guys. >> i'm the bow tie guy. i said just bing it. bing jones and see what comes up or the bow tie guy. >> you mean google? >> no. bing. my face came up as the bow tie
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guy. that's why i started wearing them. >> we like a lot of lessons you learn in life apply to sports and life. i think a lot of sports people realize that. are. >> competition is something that is within us. if you don't compete how will you know where your heart is. >> what are some of the big lessons you learned through sports? >> competition, comradery. i learned hard work. >> discipline. >> big. >> a big one. sadly lacking in our world today. >> definitely. going brazil and ireland, brazil, spain, all the different areas taught me individual lessons. >> competition is important. >> hoda is a crazy woman. >> are we having a crazy woman
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right now? >> she thinks we can beat your butt in tug of war but i know we can't. >> down on one knee. you want me down on one knee? want me to sing to you, too? >> you can do anything you want. >> what are we doing? are we doing tug of war against one another. >> you know what happened last time we competed? >> yes. it was not pretty. >> huh? hold on hold on. wait wait. i'm going to beat you guys with one hand. >> pull now. now! now! >> come on ladies. come on. oh wait. and with an iced drink. come on. unforgettable. >> no, no, no! >> yes! our crew. >> that's cheating. that's cheating. >> that's our crew.
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